Teju Ravilochan is co-founder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute, which runs mentorship and training programs for entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental problems around the world.
Participating entrepreneurs go through intensive 5-day or 5-week bootcamps to learn how to fundraise, build teams, prototype, design for impact, and learn how to scale both through peer learning, interactive curriculum, and extensive interaction with mentors.
People like Paul Polak, who’s helped over 20 million farmers move out of poverty; Hunter Lovins, a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet; Tom Chi, the former UX Lead at Google X (and designer of Google Glasses); and John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board at Whole Foods.
Unreasonable Institute has powered 40 programs in 26 countries.
They have data on the first 148 startups they’ve supported, who have raised over $220 million and benefited 24 million lives.
Teju is also a Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, an Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, and a speaker at TEDxMileHigh. He graduated from CU Boulder in 2008 with a degree in international affairs.
When we think of our own challenges and obstacles, we’re going to remember how Chris’s intense preparation, discipline, and unexpected help from a larger team led to results. Chris’s powerful story speaks to the importance of having the right mind-set to go the extra mile. In fact, we are still hearing from colleagues who say Chris inspired them to want to create an even better firm for our clients and for each other.
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